Ramaphosa to weigh options on national minimum wage

The deputy president says it’s critical that a balance is struck when determining an appropriate wage.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says it's critical that a balance is struck when determining an appropriate national minimum wage.

Answering questions in the National Council of Provinces yesterday, Ramaphosa stated an advisory panel is looking into the issue.

He says input from various sectors is crucial.

"We need to look at experiences from other countries to see how best to create a balance which will give us an outcome that our economy can absorb and live with."

The leader of government business was asked by the Economic Freedom Fighters' Tebogo Mokwele to outline steps taken to arrive at a national minimum wage.

"This is vitally important work, because we need to ensure that a national minimum wage makes a meaningful difference in the lives of the working poor and their communities," Ramaphosa responded.

Some economists earlier indicated that the implementation of a minimum wage will aid in reducing poverty and the initial decision for government should be to determine the wage total.